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English "Toad in the Hole"

What's the big idea?

No toads! For any of our overseas readers - or anyone in the UK who hasn't heard of this dish before - "Toad in the Hole" is a traditional English dish that doesn't contain any toads at all!
Serve with onion gravy (details below) and fresh green vegetables of your choice.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 good quality English pork sausages
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 150g plain flour, plus an extra 2 tablespoons
  • 20g butter
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 2 tablespoons redcurrant jelly
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper

What To Do

  • Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas 6
  • Pour the vegetable oil into the base of a baking dish and bake the sausages in the oven for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, blend 150g flour, salt, pepper, eggs and milk together for a few minutes in a food processor until smooth
  • Pour this batter around the sausages and bake for a further 30 minutes, until the batter has risen and has turned golden brown
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a frying pan and and fry the onions for about 10 minutes
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour and slowly add the stock. Bring to a simmer
  • Add the mustard, redcurrant jelly and a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste
  • Cook gently, stirring all the time, until the gravy has thickened
  • Remove the toad in the hole from the oven and serve with the onion gravy

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